After Pakatan Harapan’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was appointed as the 10th prime minister, Malaysians have been waiting anxiously for the next Cabinet to be formed.
Speaking at a press conference, Anwar said that he will be downsizing his Cabinet and doing away with the extravagant manner of appointing ministers as a form of reward.
“I want them to support me based on my policies and my commitment towards good governance, my commitment to anti-corruption drive, and to resuscitate the economy…it is actually that.”
“Of course, we can consider one or two cases where it’s absolutely necessary, but it should not be seen as rewarding political masters in order that they support you,” he said, reported Bernama.
Cabinet line-up to be announced in a few days
Anwar is expected to announce the Cabinet line-up in the next few days.
He said that he is currently in discussion with the coalition members including three main parties in Pakatan Harapan namely PKR, DAP and Amanah and United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko).
“I had a very good meeting with the Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (Gabungan Parti Sarawak chairman) on Saturday (26 November).
“Then I’ve got to speak with Barisan Nasional representatives, they have working committees also to give some recommendations,” he said.
Anwar added that he would also be meeting Sabah Chief Minister and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor for a discussion.
Earlier, Anwar said that the Cabinet size will be reduced and he is seeking the member’s agreement to reduce their salaries.